In Emburbul village, in the Embulbul depression, in the Ngorongoro District, Nainokanoka ward in Tanzania, the impoverished Maasai community faces many challenges, girls are married as early as age 12, and often die in childbirth. At least one of the men has 17 wives and about 50 children. The women have to walk 8 miles round trip for water, at least until the water problem is fixed. Several years back a volcano spewed ash over the area and most of the cattle died.
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In addition, in the village and among the Maasai people, the people are outgrowing their land. The conservation district is contemplating moving some of the people out of the area because there is not enough forage for the cattle and the wildlife that the district is charged to protect is threatened.
In March of 2016, a patron came to the village. The villagers asked him to help with several challenges, including the water supply, the cattle health, family planning, the school house, and the women’s bead coop.
As a result, several projects have been started, including family planning, girls education, fixing the water supply, and starting an organization. Avenues for water purification, community loans, sex education, womens’ empowerment, and livelihoods are being explored.
In addition, this website, a Facebook page, and an email list have been created to help the cause of meeting the challenges faced by the Emburbul villagers.
Donation Opportunities Coming Up:
- Sending girls to school: We found a school that helps girls catch up after failing the National Exam (nearly half do) which must be passed to get into high school. It is only $500 for one girl for one year. Please contact us if you are interested. The school starts in January.
- Loan and savings programs for small businesses for women: Help get women started on some small business like raising goats or selling salt and sugar.
- Hunger: It costs $50 a month to feed an average family. There are at least 100 women who can’t afford to buy maize for their family.
- Nursery school: the roof current nursery school is caving in, making classes impossible when it rains. We figure it is going to cost at least $15,000 for a new school house.